RockShox was founded in 1989 in North Carolina by Paul Turner and Steve Simons. The two were looking for a solution to adapt suspension technology, by then already established in motocross, for use on bicycles. They brought Greg Herbold on board as a test rider and company spokesman, who had just become downhill world champion with one of the first suspension forks for mountain bikes. From then on, they launched the RS-1, the first mass-produced suspension fork for MTBs, and since then it has been impossible to imagine the scene without it. Over time, the range has expanded to include shocks, dampers and seatposts. Thanks to the merger with industry giant SRAM in 2002, shock and suspension systems can be perfectly matched with drivetrain components. This makes it possible to create a network of various AXS-compatible components on your bike via a central control unit.